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From "Glen Mazza (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] (MECLIPSE-731) eclipse:clean not deleting ./settings folder that it creates
Date Sat, 08 Sep 2012 00:08:22 GMT
Glen Mazza created MECLIPSE-731:

             Summary: eclipse:clean not deleting ./settings folder that it creates
                 Key: MECLIPSE-731
             Project: Maven 2.x Eclipse Plugin
          Issue Type: Bug
    Affects Versions: 2.9
         Environment: Maven 3.0.3 maven-eclipse-plugin 2.9
            Reporter: Glen Mazza

Hi, I use mvn eclipse:eclipse to create Eclipse projects that I subsequently import into my
IDE.  I then make code changes, and run mvn eclipse:clean prior to uploading my changes to

Problem is that eclipse:clean is not deleting the ./settings folder, giving me this list of
files that I have to manually delete before I can do a simple git add . prior to committing:

gmazza@ubuntu:/media/work1/jersey-samples-on-cxf$ git status
# On branch master
# Untracked files:
#   (use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed)
#	entity-provider/.settings/
#	exceptions/.settings/
#	helloworld-webapp/.settings/
#	helloworld/.settings/
#	https-server-glassfish/.settings/
#	jacksonjsonprovider/.settings/
#	json-from-jaxb/.settings/
#	jsonp/.settings/
#	simple-console/.settings/
#	simple-servlet/.settings/

The Linux command I otherwise have to run to delete all these settings folders: find . -name
'.settings' -type d | xargs rm -rf {} \; is quite complex and outside the capabilities of
many/most Linux users (like me, I got the above command from Olivier Lamy).

mvn eclipse:help says it's already supposed to delete the .settings folder:

Maven Eclipse Plugin 2.9
  The Eclipse Plugin is used to generate Eclipse IDE files (.project, .classpath
  and the .settings folder) from a POM.

This plugin has 13 goals:


  Deletes the .project, .classpath, .wtpmodules files and .settings folder used
  by Eclipse.


Apparently the deletion of the .settings folder was made to please the people who posted
-- I would say theirs is minority use case (~10-15%?) though of just wanting mvn eclipse:clean
to delete just some but not all of the artifacts that mvn eclipse:eclipse created; therefore
some plugin configuration setting like <keepSettingsFolder>true</keepSettingsFolder>
should be created with a default value of "false" to not require this explicit configuration
for the most common use-case; however if backwards compatibility is a concern the default
value for this setting can be set to true.  Regardless, eclipse:help should be updated to
inform people to put in this setting to exclude/include deletion of the ".settings" folder.

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